Charlie Chaplin Barred from the US

Charlie Chaplin was an English comic actor, filmmaker, and composer who rose to fame in the era of the “silent film.” He was very popular and was regarded as one of the most influential persons in the history of the movie industry. On September 19, 1952, Charlie Chaplin was barred by the US immigration from entering America. In memory of this event, the 19th of September 1952, let us go back in time to know who Charlie Chaplin was and why he was barred from entering America.

The Rise of Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin whose full name is Charles Spencer Chaplin was born in London on April 16, 1889. He was born into a family marked with poverty to the extent that he started working for money at the age of 7. He began his career as an actor in 1903 in a show titled Jim, a Romance of Cockayne, where he starred as a newsboy. He rose to fame and popularity in 1910 when he played the lead role in the sketch Jimmy the Fearless. After then, he appeared in several movies for Keystone Studios. In 1925, he directed, featured in and produced the movie The Gold Rush.

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British comic actor and film director Charlie Chaplin (1889 – 1977) with his second wife, Lita Grey (1908 – 1995) and their son Charles Jnr (1925 – 1968) on board the SS City of Los Angeles, November 1926. Chaplin senior is seeing off his wife and child as they depart Los Angeles for Honolulu, Hawaii. Vintage property of ullstein bild (Photo by ullstein bild/ullstein bild via Getty Images)

This film was rated by the critics of The Brussels World’s Fair as the 2nd most significant film ever (The first place was given to the movie “Bronenosets Potemkin,” 1925). One of his major works, “Modern Times” which portrayed the struggles in an industrialized world, was ranked 33rd by the American Film Institute on the list of 100 funniest movies in America.